Biden pushes back on questions about campaign gaffes

The 2020 presidential candidate took to late night to TV to downplay his recent misstatements as he prepares to face other Democratic candidates on the debate stage.
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Now to the race for 2020 overnight. Former vp Joe Biden hitting late night TV pushing back on questions about his gaffes. Mary Bruce is in Washington with more on that. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Well, in his first appearance of the campaign on a late night talk show Biden tried to turn his missteps into laughs. He insisted his gaffes are not substantive. Overnight Joe Biden tried to shake off his campaign missteps with a little humor. You confused New Hampshire for Vermont, said Bobby Kennedy and mlk were assassinated in the late '70s. Assured us, I'm not going nuts. Follow up question, are you going nuts? Look, the reason I came on the "Jimmy Kimmel" show is I'm not. Reporter: He downplayed his recent misstatements. Any gaffe that I have made and I've made gaffes like every politician I know has have been not about a substantive issue, been about other -- I'm trying to talk about what other people have done. Reporter: Biden pushed back on a "Washington post" report he's been telling a false military story out on the campaign trail. The essence of it is absolutely true. I made the case that these folks are heroes and we should treat them as that. Reporter: The early front-runner insists he looking ahead and even joke the about hi potential running mate? Have you asked Michelle Obama for advice? Only to be my vice president. Reporter: Now Biden says it is fair for the media to point out his gaffes but says they're largely trivial especially when compared to the president's and what Biden says are trump's mistaken policies. We'll be on top of all the political news as the campaign season really ramps up. Reminder, see the next democratic debate one week from tonight, Thursday, September 1th on ABC. George, you're going to be there. Linsey Davis will be there. David Muir. Jorge from univision. I'll be there in spirit.

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